Shira Efron

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in biology, Tel Aviv University; M.A in international affairs, New York University


Shira Efron is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.A. in international relations from New York University and a B.S. in biology and computer science from Tel Aviv University. At RAND, Efron is working on problems related to food security, water, energy, the Middle East, ISR, and education. Her Ph.D. dissertation explores the feasibility of employing unmanned aerial systems for agriculture in Africa.

Prior to RAND, Efron was primarily conducting research and analysis on Middle East geopolitical issues. She was the policy director and country representative of the Institute for Inclusive Security in Israel. Beforehand she was a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, where she edited the Middle East Bulletin, a multi-weekly online publication for high-level U.S. Government and stakeholder audience focusing on the intersection of U.S. political, economic, and security interests in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. She is a member of several non-partisan organizations that work to promote two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while ensuring Israel's security. Efron was also a research analyst at a hedge fund in New York, an editor at the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, and a reporter in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Her interests include Middle East geopolitics, food security, water, energy, homeland security, terrorism, defense policy, education, STEM, and ethnic conflicts.

Recent Projects

  • Developing Capacity of the Center for Research and Security Studies, Abu Dhabi


  • Yesh Atid on Election Night

    When Winning Means Losing: Israel After the Election

    It is not clear whether or to what extent Netanyahu will abandon his traditional coalition partners on the right and turn toward the fragmented political center. However, such a turn may be necessary, writes Shira Efron.

    Jan 23, 2013 The RAND Blog